SOUPS – Test Kitchen

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The soup recipes on this page were created in my Test Kitchen. I like to use a slow cooker, so most of them are cooked in my slow cooker.

KIMCHI SOUP              Image result for free pics of kimchi soup

1 Cup Kimchi (I make my own)
1 Can Brown Sugar & Bacon Baked Beans
1 Cup Fresh Diced Tomatoes (can use canned)
2 Polish or Kilbasa Sausage cooked and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 can coconut milk
1/4 lb Butter
Put all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook for 2-3 hours. At the last 15 minutes add 1/4 cup fresh chopped Basil Leaves. I serve with rice, or when I have left over soup I add the rice to the soup. Can also add Raman or rice noodles. Mm good! Enjoy

CHILI – I don’t usually use processed foods, unless they are organic which these are. However, you can cook  your own black beans etc. from the dry beans, use freshly diced tomatoes, and fresh corn. I make my own chili powder, so you can use whatever you have that you like for seasoning. I also add Moringa powder or leaves, and/or fresh basil.

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1 can creamed corn
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can chili beans
1 cup freshly grated carrots
1 small to medium red or white onion
1/2 cup fresh-cut up mushrooms (your choice)
1/2 to 1 lb ground turkey
1 Tbsp. Chili powder

With this recipe, you can add or subtract what you wish to. Make it your own. I never make it the same, as I use whatever I have in the refrigerator. This is a basic recipe to get you started. Serve with grated Asiago Cheese on top and crackers.

I love cold soups. The following recipe is one of my favorite.

CUCUMBER/AVOCADO – Chilled      Image result for free pics of cucumber soup

In a blender add the following ingredients:

2  Cucumbers – unpeeled, but washed
2  Small Avocados or 1 extra-large Avocado
1  Cup Vegetable or Chicken broth (I make my own)
2/3  Cup plain yogurt (I make my own)
2/3  Cup Coconut Milk
1-2 Tbsp. chopped onion
1 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1  Tsp. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Blend all the ingredients together into a purée. To season you can add a pinch of Cayenne and/or freshly ground black pepper, and sea salt to taste.
Pulse or stir to distribute seasoning for a few seconds. Chill in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours and serve. I make mine ahead and chill overnight in the frig. Top with a sprig of Parsley. Great as a preface to the main course of the meal or as the meal with a freshly tossed salad. The original recipe for this soup is from the Prevention Magazine. I made a few changes to suit my palate.

PUMPKIN SOUP            Image result for free pics of soup

2  Cups  fresh pumpkin peeled and cubed
1  Small sweet onion
3-4 Chopped Carrots
3-4 Tbsp. Coconut oil
3/4  Cup Chicken or Vegetable broth
2  Tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (I make my own)

Cook all of the ingredients in a slow cooker for 4-6 hours. Pour into a blender and purée. Add 1  Cup All Natural Plain Yogurt ( of your choice, I make my own). Pulse to blend the yogurt with the soup. Serve each portion of the soup with a dollop of yogurt and a sprig of cilantro or parsley.

I had a fun time making these soups. As usual I never make the soup the same each time I make it. I am always adding or taking away an ingredient. In other words I am experimenting all the time. I suggest that you can do the same. You would be surprised at the wonderful different tastes you can create.

HAVE FUN AND COOK WITH LOVE!

Your food determines in a large measure how long you shall live – how much you shall enjoy life, and how successful your life shall be.
– Dr. Kirschner, Live Food Juice –

Aloe Vera

Image result for free pictures of aloe veraAloe Vera – one of my favorite herbs. I have grown Aloe Vera in my yard for as long as I have lived in Florida. According to the nursery folks, the sandy soil of Florida is great for growing this special healing plant. Of course you can also grow it in a pot in your house. But what do you really know about ALOE VERA? Let me introduce you!

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There are various types of Aloe Vera Plants. Their varying synonyms include: Aloe lanzae, Aloe barbadensis, Aloe indica, Aloe Vera liliaceae, etc. No matter the variety, they all share the same basic traits.

The Aloe Vera plant is centuries old. It goes as far back as 6000 years B.C. and is even mentioned in the bible. It can be used internally and externally. Originally from North Africa, India, and the Caribbean, it as well can be grown in any other frost-free country or area. Here in the U.S it can be purchased in most Garden Centers. In actuality, there are more than 400 species. They can have short stems, long stems, and even be trees. They grow best in tropical climates. The leaves are thick, fleshy, green to grey green with white flecks or no flecks, tapering, pointed with spiny teeth along the edges. The roots are strong, light brown and fibrous. They can produce a flowering stem, with spikes of narrow, trumpet-shapes, yellow or orange flowers, and yes – they grow babies, offshoots for propagation.

Aloe Vera plants, domestically, started out as ornamental house plants. Because it is a succulent, it can survive in areas of low rainfall, watering itself as needed. It does not do well in snowy and cold climates areas. I have seen very few bugs in my aloe garden, and my research tells me it is a plant species that is resistant to most insect pests. When I share my babies, I just pull one out of the ground and tell whoever, to just dig a hole and stick it in, give it a little water and it will grow beautifully.

Though, scientifically, it is said that Aloe extracts show no evidence for effective cosmetic or medicinal purposes, the cosmetic and alternative medicine industries claim otherwise. I have to go along with the alternative medicine claims about aloe being soothing, moisturizing, and healing. I have used it right from the plant to heal burns and other skin issues and The healing was almost overnight. Usual time is 2-3 days. I also put the gel in the purified water that I drink . Commercially you may see it as an ingredient in yogurt and some desserts; as well, the cosmetic industry uses it in a variety of products.

Image result for free pictures of aloe veraThe only caution I have found is when you produce it yourself, the clear sap which covers the outer edges of the ‘gel part, called Aloin can be toxic, with side effects – abdominal cramps, and/or diarrhea – occurring when ingested, but not so much when applied topically. I have used it on me topically without any side effects. However, that was before I did this research. If you are going to extract the gel from the plant yourself, I suggest – for safety sake – that after you peel the outer part of the leaf away, that you immerse the gel part in water to rinse off the ALOIN.

During my research I found many You Tube demonstrations on how to extract the gel yourself. However, the one attached to this blog is the best one I found (in my opinion). It will be worth your while to watch.

WOW! What great information. Because of this I was brave enough to try this myself. Easy! The chiropractic doctor in the film put it in perspective for me. Additionally, for storage purposes, make your gel in small amounts. If you know you won’t be able to use it within a week or 2, then after you have blended it add a ? of Vitamin C powder, and the oil out of ? Vitamin E capsules. This will help it to keep in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

Image result for free pictures of aloe vera Further research informed me that topical uses of Aloe Vera has not been associated with significant side effects. If you plan on taking Aloe Vera internally, I suggest you do so in small doses, mixed in water or juice, and be sure the ALOIN has been removed. If buying it bottled in the store, be sure to check the ingredient label and follow the usage directions. You will want to buy Aloe Vera Juice as 100% Organic.

For me Aloe Vera is a wonderful healthy, healing, herbal plant. It has many uses and many benefits. Supplement benefits include: vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C and E. Abundant in minerals, they include: calcium, iron,potassium, manganese, copper, selenium chromium and etc., amino acids, protein, plant sterol fatty acids. It is great for digestion, detoxing, oxygen support throughout the body, disinfectant – internally for infection, reduces inflammation, eases constipation, and is easy to get.

(Research sources include: Wikipedia, Mayo Clinic, The Complete Book of Herbs (Lesley Bremness), Daily Natural Remedies and many more.)

As I reiterate often, everyone is different. It is up to you to decide if you want to explore this subject. Remember, everything in moderation until you know how your body reacts. For me, I had no questions, as I have used it for many, many, years.

TRY IT, YOU MIGHT LIKE IT! and GOD BLESS!

Health Fact Tips…..

…a continued segment of this blog to help you prefer healthy eating, gain your own personal victory, give you a long incredible life! The following is a list of some of the best foods to eat and the benefits they provide.Image result for free pictures of fruits and veggies

  • Cabbage – combats cancer, prevents constipation, promotes weight loss, protects your heart, helps hemorrhoids.
  • Cantaloupe – saves eyesight, controls blood pressure, lowers cholesterol combats cancer, supports immune system.
  • Carrots – saves eyesight, protects your heart, prevents constipation, combats cancer, promotes weight loss.
  • Cauliflower – protects against Prostate Cancer, combats breast Cancer, strengthens bones, banishes bruises, guards against heart disease.
  • Cherries – protect your heart, ends insomnia, slows aging process, shields against Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Figs – Help to stop strokes, lowers cholesterol, controls blood pressure, promotes weight loss.
  • FISH – protects your heart, boosts memory, supports immune system.
  • Flax – Aids digestion, battles diabetes, improves mental health, boosts immune system.
  • GARLIC – lowers cholesterol, controls, blood pressure, KILLS BACTERIA, fights fungus.
  • Grapefruit – protects against heart attacks, helps stop strokes, combats prostate cancer, lowers cholesterol
  • GRAPES – saves eyesight, conquers kidney stones, enhances blood flow, protects your heart, slows again process.
  • HONEY – heals wounds, aids digestion, guards against ulcers, increases energy, fights allergies.
  • Lemons – combats cancer, protects your heart, controls blood pressure, smooths the skin, stops scurvy, great for fasting (short or long-term).
  • MANGOES – boosts memory, regulates thyroid, aids digestion, shields against Alzheimer’s.
  • MUSHROOMS – control blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, kills bacteria, combats cancer, strengthens bones.
  • Oats – battles diabetes, prevents constipation, smooths the skin.
  • Olive Oil – protects your heart, battles diabetes, smooths the skin
  • ONIONS – reduce risk of heart attacks, kills bacteria, lowers cholesterol, fights fungus.
  • Oranges – supports immune system, protects your heart, straightens respiration
  • Peaches – prevents constipation, helps stops strokes, aids digestion, helps hemorrhoids
  • Peanuts – protects against heart disease, combats Prostate Cancer, Aggravates Diverticulitis.
  • PINEAPPLE – strengthens bones, relieves colds, aids digestion, dissolves warts, blocks diarrhea, relieves pain.
  • PRUNES – slows aging process, prevents constipation, boosts memory, lowers cholesterol, protects against heart disease.
  • Rice – battles diabetes, conquers kidney stones
  • STRAWBERRIES – combats cancer, protects your heart boosts memory calms stress.
  • SWEET POTATOES – saves your eyesight, lifts mood, strengthens bones, an all around health food.
  • Tomatoes – protects prostate, combats cancer, lowers cholesterol, protects your heart. Don’t overdo. Can cause the body to be too acidic.
  • WALNUTS – lowers cholesterol, boosts memory, lifts mood protects against heart disease.
  • WATER – promotes weight loss, combats cancer, conquers kidney stones, smooths skin, hydrates
  • WATERMELON – protects prostate, promotes weight loss, lowers cholesterol, helps stop strokes, controls blood pressure, most alkaline food on the earth, hydrates.
  • Wheat Germ/Wheat Bran – Combats colon cancer, prevents constipation, lowers cholesterol, helps stop strokes, improves digestion.
  • Yogurt – a probiotic, guards against ulcers, strengthens bones, lowers cholesterol, supports immune system, aids digestion. (yogurt without the additives by processed means). Need to make it yourself.
  • NOTE: The above foods should be eaten raw and not processed.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – You can’t be healthy and overweight at the same time. Quit kidding yourself and rationalizing your obesity. Your body is constantly breaking itself down by what you eat and breathe, the drugs you take. the pain killers you put into your body, and the lifestyle you choose to live, and stress. Bad lifestyle habits destroy cellular structure of the body. By your late 60’s and up you have accumulated a lot of cellular damage. The cells have to be repaired in order to reverse the damage. Herbal and botanical supplementation will do just that…..but you must be committed.

REMEMBER: YOU ARE FREE TO MAKE WHATEVER CHOICE YOU WANT, BUT YOU ARE NOT FREE FROM THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE CHOICE.